The Union of Journalist Federation of Cambodia (UJFC) reports that journalists exercised full freedom and a played vital role in the sixth parliamentary election (2018).
The UJFC stated this Monday (August 6) that those national and international journalists who were accredited by the NEC to cover the election process in Cambodia performed their duties in accordance with the codes of professional journalism. They reported accurately about the entire election, from polling day to the ballot counting and beyond.
Furthermore, local news agencies from radio and television, as well as Khmer Times and The Phnom Penh Post distributed their news coverage of the for all political parties’ campaign activities. The international media deployed their reporters and broadcasted directly from Cambodia freely without any restrictions or threat from the authorities.
The UJFC: “No journalists were prevented from accessing information during the political campaigning and no journalists were prevented from accessing information at any polling station across the country.“
However, UJFC also found that there were 17 online broadcasts temporarily blocked in the grace period in accordance with the laws on election, regulations and codes. However these 17 news organizations could freely disseminate their information on their social networks.
The National Election Committee has officially recognized more that 1200 national and International journalists from 161 units to cover news in the 6th parliamentary eletion in 2018.